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Training and Professional Development for Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs)

Training and Professional Development Events for PGRs, Academic Year 2021-22 

  • The list of GPS Weekly Webinars running each Friday at 12pm from September 2021 to July 2022 can be found at:

GPS Webinar Series for PGRs, Academic Year, 2021-22

  • The GPS Summer School in Generic & Transferable Skills Residential Week ran from May 24th - May 28th, 2021The online element of the Summer School was completed at the end of August 2021. 

2021 GPS Summer School in Generic & Transferable Skills 

  • The Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) YouTube channel features the GPS Research Podcast Series where UL PGRs discuss their researchrecordings of GPS Webinars and much more!  

GPS YouTube Channel

  • Postgraduate researchers (PGRs) who wish to run a similarity report on a piece of your work may use the ‘Thesis TURNITIN checker’ on SULIS for this purpose. The Thesis TURNITIN checker facility is to enable you to identify similarities between your work and published material already in the public domain. These Guidelines will help to ensure your compliance with the academic and research integrity policies of the university. 

Guidelines for Postgraduate Researchers using Thesis TURNITIN Checker

  • UL offers online Research Integrity Training through the Epigeum training portal. All research students should undertake Research Integrity Training. 
  • Click on the link below to find out how to access the programme, along with guidelines around usage, content, and data protection. 

Research Integrity 

As a currently registered postgraduate research (PGR) student or prospective applicant, you can familiarise yourself with some library resources and supports to identify some of the critical skills you will need to carry out the research required for your thesis. e.g. information/source appraisal and academic referencing.   

Library Resources-Thesis Preparation 

Transferable Skills workshops 

Throughout the academic year, GPS coordinates transferable skills workshops for postgraduate research students as required. Workshops taking place during the academic year 2020/21 include:

  • Questionnaire Design
  • Survey & Sampling
  • Introduction to SPSS
  • Basic Statistics
  • Exploring Relationships & Regression Theories
  • Working with Long Documents
  • Endnote
  • Advanced PowerPoint
  • Intermediate Excel
  • Presentation Skills
  • Careers Briefing
  • Project Management for Researchers
  • Interview Skills
  • Planning your Academic Career
  • Effective Communication
  • CV Preparation
  • Perfect Pitch
  • Thesis Writing

For further information on the above workshops please contact Anne O'Dwyer, Research Training Coordinator, GPS, at 061 202672 or email anne.odwyer@ul.ie

PhD Writers Group (Regional Writing Centre) 

The UL Regional Writing Centre (RWC) supports PhD Writers’ Groups by offering PhD writers a quiet, distraction-free space for writing  and by sharing knowledge of how writers’ groups can be motivating and productive. The RWC also offers PGRs various workshops and training events throughout the academic year. More information about these events can be found at the RWC website